Pumpkin Beers

Did you find your Gourd!!

With the arrival of fall, the season is here for pumpkin beer.  Pumpkin beers are all too often given a squishy review and that’s because it’s easy to make a glove bomber of beer when all else fails.  The magic comes when there is a development of spices between cinnamon, glove, ginger and notes of vanilla to perfectly extract the pumpkin essence into a flowing and grandeur pour.

For the next two months we will see many examples of pumpkin beers on the shelves.  We’ve done the smashing work to ensure your next six-pack is full of sugar, (pumpkin) spice, and everything nice.  One disclaimer: We didn’t include delicious variants of some of these beers because they’re generally impossible to find — and what the hell’s the fun in that if you can’t drink it?  But if one of the specialties does make to the shelf we will certainly let you know.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Beer

Need a little heat with your gourd.  There are habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon in this brew to accentuate the spicier side of pumpkin spice. At 6% alcohol, it’s a nice beer to end the night if you don’t want something sweet.

Elysian Brewing, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

This is one hell pumpkin stout goes down so easy it’s almost spooky! Night Owl is brewed with both pumpkin puree and pumpkin juice—along with spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. A deep amber color and lots of pumpkin bewitchingly good.

Dogfish Head, Punkin

For the lighter affair of pumpkin this has a nice balance of malt and pumpkin notes on the nose which lead into a hint of brown sugar blend with spices to give a malt sweetness and caramel finish.

Samuel Adams, Pumpkin Batch

Pumpkin Saison is the style of this one using a Belgian yeast character with white pepper blend with mace, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. The flavor is loaded with pumpkin pie spices but no malt character rather woody, earthy hops, and a touch of pumpkin gourd to the finish.

Downeast, Pumpkin Cider

There always needs to be a twisted in a good story.  Correct it is not beer but rather a cider from the east coast made with apples, pumpkin, and chai. It’s sweet but satisfying.

Bristol, Venetucci Farm Pumkin Beer

We mustn’t forget the great local beer that shows up in October.  This baby is made from hand picked pumpkin, roasted and smashed locally which adds just that special touch of wow!!  A wonderful subtle touch of spice, pumpkin flavor and note of malt.

Paldies, Ivars